Houston Events: June 16 – Juneteenth!

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Stoop
What says Juneteenth better than a group of Black folk hanging on a stoop?

Friday

FREE MARKET SQUARE WEEKEND KICK-OFF
Friday, June 16, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Market Square is a temporary outdoor shopping and live entertainment market centrally located in Houston’s historic Third Ward. You’re invited to join during the weekend concerts and vendor markets as they recreate the legacy that once belonged to the area as a thriving Black business district in Houston. Learn more here.

THE TRUTH PROJECT, INC. PRESENTS FEEL MY PRIDE
Friday, June 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm
Social Art. Education. Awareness. Community. Sounding off, artist storytelling will be explored through a multidisciplinary social art experience that will not only explore PRIDE intimately but will also be instrumental in rising above adversities and sharing life’s realities. This event is free to the public. Learn more here.

HOUSE PARTY FRIDAYS
Friday, June 16, 10:00 pm – Saturday, June 17, 3:00 am
Spinning old school Hip Hop, R&B classics, twerk, N.O Bounce, Reggae, Dancehall, Latin and more until 3AM in the morning. Last Friday was too lit. The energy was electrifying. This Friday will be even better. Learn more here.

SINGER MIREYA LEWIS LIVE!
Friday, June 16, 8:00 pm – Saturday, June 17, 12:00 am
This event (dubbed the most important show of Mireya Lewis’ career) is a listening party as well as a live-recorded show! She’s pulling all the stops! So, come ready to eat, drink, dance, sing along, and be entertained! Learn more here.

Saturday

MEDITATION & MOVEMENT WITH JAI
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join self-love advocate and founder, Jai, in the sacred space for a morning of intention setting and a beautiful flow. Participants will be guided in meditation with positive affirmations and a gentle flow to stretch the body and release stress and tension. Learn more here.

DIVINE FEMININE SEXUALITY
Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join this Women’s Circle where you will hold sacred conversations about the shame & guilt that so often block women from fully embracing their sexuality. Psychotherapist & sexual health expert, Eliza Boquin, will be leading the discussion & answering your questions. Complimentary Mimosas and Refreshments served. $30.Learn more here

THE BLACKLIST ASSOCIATION BUM-RUSH BLACKBUSINESS – E-DUB-A-LICIOUS TREATS
Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come out and support Crumbville with Team Blacklist from 11am to 4 pm and during this time is the Grand Opening of Emancipation Park across the street. Located at 2316 Elgin, a 3rd Ward gem also known as Crumbville has a large variety of homemade baked treats that will satisfy your taste buds. Vegan E-dub-a-licious Treat options are available as well. Learn more here.

BACKYARD BUILD – EMANCIPATION PARK OPENING
Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Emancipation Avenue is here & Emancipation Park is opening in 3rd Ward, Houston on Saturday, June 17, 2017! To bless up the space, the place, and the energy, All Real Radio & The Waxaholics will be hosting a Backyard Build. Bring your voice! Poetry, Artivism, Call Outs, Feelings, Information & Upliftment! Learn more here.

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL IN THE HEIGHTS
Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Join the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce for their First Food Truck Festival in the Heights. Enjoy live music from Tianna Hall & The Houston Jazz Band as well as Mighty Pretty Mixtape. Free admission! Learn more here

BAR CRAWL FOR THE CULTURE VOL. 2 | JUNETEENTH EDITION
Saturday, June 17, 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Tickets include: 4 drinks, t-shirt, Crawl for the Culture Swag Bag, exclusive access to buffet brunch & tons of free giveaways! $45. Learn more here.

FREE MARKET SQUARE WEEKEND KICK-OFF
Saturday, June 17, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Market Square is a temporary outdoor shopping and live entertainment market centrally located in Houston’s historic Third Ward. You’re invited to join during the weekend concerts and vendor markets as they recreate the legacy that once belonged to the area as a thriving Black business district in Houston. Learn more here.

TROUBLED ISLAND: ISSUES OF BLACKNESS AND CULTURE ON THE LYRICAL STAGE
Saturday, June 17, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our compositions have not historically coincided with the perceptions of legitimacy afforded European opera. Moderated by tenor, professor, and Artistic Director of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Dr. Jason Oby, this discussion and performance will feature acclaimed vocalist Dr. Gwendolyn Alfred and noted scholar and composer, Dr. John Cornelius. Learn more here.

WALKING TOUR OF EMANCIPATION PARK INSTALLATIONS
Saturday, June 17, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artists Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, and Chanelle Nicole Frazier have embarked on a series of interventions along Emancipation Avenue. The works are intended to engage visitors and community residents in both historic and contemporary narratives of the Third Ward neighborhood. Tours will begin at Emancipation Park. Learn more here.

H-TOWN GET DOWN
Saturday, June 17, 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Don’t miss this exciting evening of performances with Houston’s favorite dancers, DJs, and visual artists! Produced by Dance Houston. The biggest hip hop dance festival in H-Town. Bring your crew to this incredible evening featuring Houston’s favorite dancers, DJs, and visual artists.This event is for all entertainment fans to love! Learn more here.

RITUAL CULTURE PRESENTS SHAKEDOWN FEAT. SOUL CONTROL
Saturday, June 17, 10pm – Sunday, June 18, 2am
Every 3rd Saturday at The Flat you get House x Garage x Disco x Soul x Funk w/ RITUAL residents SoulOne & Keva. You also have special guest DJs Soul Control. Learn more here

Sunday

FREEDMEN TOWN WALKING TOUR, HTX
Sunday, June 18, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
We are returning to Freedmen Town on Juneteenth Weekend to pay respects to the industrious women and men that built their community in the Swamplands of Buffalo Bayou. Priscella Graham, Historian and Publisher of “Houston’s Freedman Town” will lead the tour! Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hydration. They will collect donations to help with expenses. Learn more here.

SHOP LOCAL AT AXELRAD – POP-UP MARKET
Sunday, June 18, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A pop-up Market for local Houston artists, designers, vintage curators, musicians & foodies. Come out and shop, eat, drink & lounge at one of our favorite Houston hot spots! You will be in chill hammock heaven! Learn more here.

THE DOPE ART SHOW DEAR SUMMER EDITION
Sunday, June 18, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
dopeART… the show, the movement, the platform –highlighting dope-ARTistic expression in Houston. Come out and support dope Singers, dope Poets, dope Painters…and a dope cause! A portion of your ticket proceeds go toward a dope cause. TeamGINI is raising funds for After School Mentoring Programs + Back2School initiatives! Learn more here.

Monday

EMANCIPATION PARK JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Monday, June 19, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Emancipation Park is the oldest park site in the City of Houston. The parcel was purchased for $800 in 1872 by a group of Black community leaders  in celebration of Juneteenth (the anniversary of the emancipation of African Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865). Learn more here.

WALKING TOUR OF EMANCIPATION PARK INSTALLATIONS
Monday, June 19, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artists Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, and Chanelle Nicole Frazier have embarked on a series of interventions along Emancipation Avenue. The works are intended to engage visitors and community residents in both historic and contemporary narratives of the Third Ward neighborhood. Tours will begin at Emancipation Park. Learn more here.

A GULF COAST JUNETEENTH AT MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE
Mon, June 19, 7pm – 10pm
Celebrate Juneteenth with legendary rhythm and blues singer Mavis Staples, as well as Milton Hopkins and J Paul Jr and the Zydeco Nubreeds Friends & Fam Page! Learn more here.

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